Last updated: 28 Sep 2020

Jordan

About

Petra, the jewel in the crown of Jordan's antiquities, has been declared by popular ballot as one of the 'NEW' Seven Wonders of the World.

The wind and occasional flooding has shaped the landscape of the magnificent wind-blown desert of Wadi Rum into a cyclorama of pillars and rock arches - a fit arena for the spectacles of history played out here. Visit The Citadel and Archaeological Museum in Amman. With a selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the remains of an Umayyad city and fine views of the Roman amphitheatre, it is a fascinating attraction to visit.
Official Name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Capital:  Amman (AMM)
Currency:  Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Language:  Arabic. English is widely spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 962
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)
Daylight Savings Time: Last Friday in March to last Friday in October: UTC / GMT +3 (1 hour ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2020: 

Jan 1; Apr 5, 19, 20; May 1, 24-27; Jul 31; Aug 1-4, 20; Oct 29; Dec 25, 26

Side of the Road: Right.
Best Time to go: Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
Best For: Religious and Archaeological Sites
Plugs:  230 volts AC, 50Hz. Both round European-style two-pin plugs and square British-style three-pin plugs are used.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated. Mains water is heavily chlorinated; therefore travellers prefer bottled water which is widely available. Water is a precious resource in Jordan and visitors should attempt to conserve and not waste water. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. Dehydration is a common health problem for visitors. 
Customs: As a predominately Islamic country, dress should be conservative (Western women are not subject to the clothing customs, but should avoid revealing clothing). When visiting more traditional parts of the country and outside the main cities, women should keep their arms, legs and heads covered.  Shorts are generally not worn by men or women. Although two-piece swimsuits are acceptable in hotel swimming pools, one-piece swimsuits are preferred in the rest of Jordan. Swimwear should be reserved for the beach and poolside. Respect to religious customs should be shown during the month of Ramadan, when eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset should be done discreetly or in private. 
Local Offences / Laws: Nude and topless sunbathing is prohibited. The consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited. In some places, photography is prohibited – if in doubt, it is best to ask. Homosexuality is illegal. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Credit cards are largely accepted, but smaller stores will prefer cash payments. Dehydration is common among visitors. There is a low risk of terrorist attacks. Care should be taken when travelling to the Israel and Iraq borders. 
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Jordan by people 18 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco
• 1L of alcohol
• 1 or 2 opened bottles of perfume
• Gifts up to the value of JD200
There are extensive duty-free shops at the airport, both in arrivals and departures, and at every border crossing by land. Within 14 days of your arrival in Jordan, you can also go to the Duty Free Shop on Tunis Street, near 4th Circle in Amman, to buy your permitted allowance of cigarettes, alcohol and other luxury goods without paying duty. Bring your passport with you.
Prohibited Imports: Narcotics, firearms and ammunition, and pornography
Prohibited Exports: Antiquities (classed as items dating from before AD1750)

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: International Travel has resumed. 

  • Please refer to www.visitjordan.gov.jo
  • Travellers will need to complete a declaration form
  • Travellers will be tested on arrival, with a cost of 40 JOD

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Jordanian Embassy
254 Crown Avenue, Waterkloof
P O Box 14730, Hatfield, 0028
Tel: (012) 346-8615/7
Emergency Number : +27 6269 86605
Fax: (012) 346-8611
E-mail: embassyjordanpta@hotmail.com
Consular: 09:00 - 13:00 Mon-Fri - submissions & collections

Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do require a visa. Visa can be obtained upon arrival for South African passport holders, it will cost a total of 40 JOD.

If entering Jordan through other ports of entry however, a visa needs to be applied for at the Embassy prior to departure.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 Completed visa application form
  • Original valid passport plus one copy (Ensure there are at least 2 blank pages). Passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • 1 recent passport size photo (colour)
  • Copy of airticket and itinerary
  • Medical Certificate
  • Police Clearance (if visit is longer than 1 month)
  • If on tour, a letter from tour operator with dated itinerary and tour leader's details

Additional Requirements for Business Visa

  • Company Letter
  • Invitation Letter from Jordan

Minors

  • Completed Application Form
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Parents ID Documents
  • Medical Certificate
  • Affidavit from parent if travelling alone or with 1 parent

Visa Processing Time

4 working days for South African Passport Holders. Foreign passport holders may be referred and experience a delay.

Visa Validity

Single entry: One month

Visa Cost

Visa can be obtained upon arrival for South African passport holders, it will cost a total of 40 JOD.

SA Representative

SA Embassy, 15 Al Bashir Al Shuraiqi
Northwest Abdoun, Amman
Tel: (0096-26) 592 1194
Fax: (0096-26) 592 0080

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Rabies, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio